Month: June 2016

CAUTION! This USB charger can get extremely dangerous

Today my daughter wanted to unplug the below usb charger and it broke apart without any reason!
It would not matter if it just broke apart, but the following situation appeared :

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The serious thing is the following – have a look at the picture and judge from what you see …

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As you see, the metal pins with high voltage on it (230V in Europe …) are uncovered and the plug itself sticks to the power outlet!! Usually the pcb is sitting on these pins and takes over the power from them to convert to USB friendly 5V. But as the pcb is not soldered, it is sitting very slacky on the pins and will be jammed in the housing when falling apart …

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So be careful and consider to remove these devices if you are plugging them frequently.

pimatic v0.9 has been released !

09 beta-2

Finally we’ve made it ๐Ÿ™‚
pimatic v0.9 has been succesfully released!
You can learn more here at the pimatic forum.

The next days will be very exciting. Hoping that our users won’t have big trouble when updating.
Many issues and bugs have been eliminated prior to the release, but you never know. It’s still software ^^

Well, we’re ready for supporting youย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Now enjoy pimatic v0.9 !

Fifty shades of pi

Yesterday I’ve felt like a little boy again! Had lots of fun and double retro feeling – first building something with LEGO again, second building a NES like console case for my Pi ๐Ÿ™‚ As a teenager I had a NES and was playing Super Mario all day long.

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Well, that’s usually my daughters “playground”, but I was allowed to fully grab into the LEGO boxes with both hands ๐Ÿ™‚
Took me 5 hours to build – but not for putting the bricks together, no it was more than searching for needles in the haystack, as I feel like my daughters are having billions of LEGO bricks…

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The case is build of approx 100 bricks, usually in dark and light grey with a strip of black as you can see.
Although my daughters have lots of LEGO bricks, I wasn’t able to match all colors accordingly, so there are some shades in the case. But have a look yourself!

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That’s the backside view. Here you can see the different shades of the bricks. But never mind, you only see that when taking a closer look (and of course turn the case around ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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You are able to access all neccesary connections on the back and the sides. You are also able to open the hatch to get access to the GPIO pins. Very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here you can see how nice the pi fits into the case. There are no spaces left so it does not bump around.

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The case is known as NES-Pi and can be bought for appr. 35 Euro from a vendor in spain. But hey, all I needed was a good tutorial, that I found here at Andre Knieriem’s blog. Thx again Andre for that very good step by step instruction!! Just download Anleitung/Instruction, there you will find a HTML tutorial as on the website of Andre or the option I prefered – the Lego Digital Designer Model!! It’s a file for the LDD (Lego Digital Designer), that shows step by step on a 3D model how to build the case. It’s so easy and a very great tool! You are also having a parts list s that you can first pick your bricks and then build with fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a look at the Lego Digital Designerย  :

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It was an afternoon full of fun! Now thinking of building a HDD case – maybe with a Commodore 64 as template ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now have fun when building it yourself !!!

Whatโ€™s new on v0.9 // #2

Here’s another sneak peek what v0.9 has to show off!

The plugin config editor ๐Ÿ™‚
On v0.8 you were already able to browse and install/deinstall plugins via GUI.
But now on v0.9 you can also edit the plugin settings in the GUI directly!

Check it out!
Here is the overview of all installed plugins. (having German as standard language, the translation of some words still needs improvement)


Here you can see the plugin config editor of the homeduino plugin. You are able to change all available settings.


And the last view is the plugin browser where you can see all available plugins and their state.
As you can see, there are badges that tell you if a plugin is installed, loaded, active or compatible with v0.9



The whole plugin section got a very nice rework indeed!


I’ve got the ice, who has the drinks ?

The tempests here in Germany are a real pain for many people!
Fortunately I’ve been untroubled yet. But today we’ve had a hailstorm.

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Well, this was of no danger, but it came absolute suddenly without any warning.
There are considerations for a DWD weather-warning plugin (for German users).

Also my thoughts about the rain sensor came up again. My roof window has been opened and closed it quickly since I remembered it. What if I do not remember next time … pimatic needs to remember me then ๐Ÿ™‚